Republican Lawmakers Interrupt Democrat-led Closed Door Impeachment Hearings

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 10/23/2019 | Kemberlee Kaye
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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat, said the sit-in has derailed Ms. Cooper’s testimony and it was unclear when it would start again. Ms. Cooper was not in the room at the time, she said.

Democratic lawmakers leaving the room said those that entered the room brought their cellphones, which is against the rules for a secured area.

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“In short they have compromised the security of the room,” Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell said. “Many members, dozens of members brought in electronics. And they not only brought in their unauthorized device, they may have brought in the Russian and Chinese with electronics in a secure space.”

“They had no regard for the witness or making sure we can continue to hold the president accountable and ensure we can get to the bottom of this,” Ms. Wasserman Schultz said. “If they don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to the substance of evidence, they have to argue process.”

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One Republican, David Rouzer of North Carolina, defended his colleague’s actions.

“We have a right as members of Congress to know what is going in there. None of this is classified information whatsoever,” he said.

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However, as the minority party, Republicans don’t have many options to force their hand.

“It’s really unfortunate that they [Democrats] have the votes and apparently they are not following any procedures, any precedents, any rules,” Ms. Lesko told The Washington Times.

“I’ll tell you what, if we are in the...
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